Graduate outcomes: Are they driving learning? And who knows about them?
Increased emphasis on outcomes-based learning has resulted in higher education organisations identifying sets of graduate outcomes (i.e., attributes orf profiles). However, several researchers have suggested there is a gap between institutional rhetoric and the reality concerning graduate outcomes. This research aims to explore current policy and practice regarding graduate outcomes in higher education institutions in New Zealand. The project will undertake a stock-take of how universities and polytechnics engage with graduate outcomes, and then conduct in-depth case studies in four institutions to explore examples of good practice and benefits to learners. Finally a synthesis across the cases will allow identification of the factors that enable (and hinder) the effective engagement of staff and students with graduate outcomes. Such research will generate a national stock-take of the policy and practice surrounding graduate outcomes, as well provide a rich source of advice for tertiary education managers and practitioners.
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How to engage with a graduate outcomes' agenda: A guide for tertiary education institutions
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- Early career academics
- Head of School
- Department Chairs
- Programme Directors
- Human Resources Managers
- Mentors (formal and informal)
- Staff and managers involved in supporting early career academics.
- Associate Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith (Contact Project Leader), University of Otago
- Associate Professor Simon Barrie, University of Sydney
- Margaret Leonards, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT)
- Martin Jenkins, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT)
- Dr Carol Bond, University of Otago
- Martine M-L Darrou, University of Otago
- Dr Stanley Frielick, AUT University
- Dr Stephen Marshall, Victoria University of Wellington
130,303 (excl. GST)
Project commenced: early 2011
Expected project completion: mid 2012.
Presentation given at the 2011 Ako Aotearoa Research in Progress Colloquium
Presentation given at the 2012 HERDSA Graduate Attributes Symposium: The state of engagement with graduate attributes by higher education institutions in New Zealand. The results mentioned in the presentati
on are only interim and should not be quoted.
Click on the image to download the presentation (1 MB PDF).
- Spronken-Smith, R., Bond, C., McLean, A., Frielick, S., Smith, N., & Marshall, S. (2013 July) The Places and Spaces of Graduate Outcomes in Tertiary Institutions in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Presentation at the Higher Education and Research Development Society of Australasia (HERSDA) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.